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September 5, 2013

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BalletFleming

September 5, 2013

New Season BalletFleming

September 5, 2013
Alie’s Blog. Ballet Fleming Apprentice 2013
 
Hi, my name is Alie Reehorst. I grew up in Northern Michigan and have come to Philadelphia to be an apprentice with Ballet Fleming. I graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy for dance in 2009. I then went on to dance at the University of Michigan, a modern department, and recently graduated with a BFA degree in dance in May. I was encouraged by a friend to audition for Ballet Fleming. I auditioned in August with 23 other applicants and within 2 weeks I signed on with an apprentice contract.
 
It has been my dream to be a dancer with a contemporary ballet company. And I am thrilled to be here in Philadelphia.
 
Day 1: 10 AM start. Wearing my lucky black leotard, I took my place at the barre. Looking around me I saw 8 male professionals and 7 female professionals among us apprentices. The company is from all over the world and each adds something different to Christopher Fleming’s company. Many of the new members were very nervous however Christopher put our minds at ease. It was very different than being in a college situation.
 
When rehearsals started I wasn’t sure if I would be cast. We started with Adrianna de Svastich’s piece, a principal dancer in the company, and I am one of 4 “second understudies.” It is a beautiful piece and I cannot wait to see it performed at the end of this month. Next rehearsal Christopher came in and called the whole company. He put the Harry Nielson music on and immediately got down to choreographing. It is a busy train scene and we carry a suitcase, or in my case, hat box. Christopher choreographs to his dancers and his brain runs a million miles a minute. I am in the ballet and I have begun my career as a ballet dancer.
 
Thank you, I will be writing more as the days go on. 
Alie 
 

 

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Conversations with Alice Part 4

May 15, 2013

Conversations with Alice- Part 4
The shows at the Scottish Rite Theater in Collingswood, NJ was successful. Now we are getting ready for our shows at the Painted Bride Arts Center in Philadelphia. To get tickets go to balletfleming.org or call us at 215-454-2858.
Meet Adrianna de Svastich, BalletFleming company member, who will be playing Alice in the upcoming production of ‘Alice in Wonderland’. She will be answering all of your questions about ‘Alice in Wonderland’ the ballet, her dancing experiences, pointe shoes, and more.
1) What do you think made Alice go down the rabbit hole?


Curiosity made Alice follow the White Rabbit and then go down the rabbit hole. Though Alice was very bored listening to her sister teacher her lessons, causing her to daydream.
2) What was your strangest experience in Wonderland?
I have to say the strangest experience while in Wonderland was going down the rabbit hole. It’s really dark, the whole time I have no clue which way is up! In the ballet, I my feet never touch the ground as I am carried through the rabbit hole by the rabbit hole attendants aka the rabbit hole ninjas.

3) What is your favorite part to dance in the ballet?


The pas de deux I do with the Caterpillar is my favorite dancing scene, but I enjoy the chance to be silly during the tea party.
4) If I come to the performance can I meet you afterwards?
Yes, absolutely!
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Alice is coming this week

May 8, 2013

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CONVERSATIONS WITH ALICE Part 3

May 8, 2013

Conversations with Alice- Part 3
BalletFleming has been very busy rehearsing for Alice in Wonderland. Our first set of shows is this Saturday at the Scottish Rite Theater in Collingswood, NJ. To get tickets go to balletfleming.org or call us at 215-454-2858.
Meet Adrianna de Svastich, BalletFleming company member, who will be playing Alice in the upcoming production of ‘Alice in Wonderland’. She will be answering all of your questions about ‘Alice in Wonderland’ the ballet, her dancing experiences, pointe shoes, and more.
1) What is your method in approaching the role Alice in a ballet?


Alice is a very curious person, so a priority is trying to convey that yearning to know and experience everything she comes across. She is also slightly naïve, but comes out stronger in the end.
2) How do you think Alice fits in with the rest of the characters from Wonderland?
Even though she doesn’t quite fit in with the other characters, she is always willing to learn about them during her interactions. During her dances with all of them she is really trying to get to know them.


3) What is your favorite character that you interact during your trip to Wonderland?


I like the character of the Cheshire Cat; Tyler Savoie does a great job with the role.
4) Who is your favorite Ballerina?


Growing up I really looked up to Paloma Herrera, Julie Kent, Sylvie Guillem and Darci Kistler, who was one of my teachers at SAB. Recently I’ve been watching a lot of footage of Natalia Osipova. Her strong sense of athleticism coupled with her flawless grace makes her one of my favorite dancers to watch. She defies all sense of gravity when she jumps, and I hope to see her perform live someday.


Guest Blogger – Jessie Frazier #2

April 18, 2013

The Adventures of Rediscovering Alice
Recently, I had the pleasure of rereading Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’. I had not read the book since 5th grade, so I thought I could use a refresher, especially with the upcoming show.
The first thing I noticed was how significantly darker the book seemed than the first time I read it. Although, as a fifth grader you tend to see everything as a happy story, with many deeper, complex elements going over your head.
Most of the characters that Alice meets along her journey have a tendency to become easily offended, feel the need to contradict her, or question her thought process and her perception of the world around her. At first the reader and Alice find the talking animals quite amusing, but after a while, you want the animals to shut up. Each encounter seems to weigh on her confidence, to the point where she questions who she really is, or what her real size is. Though, her changing size results from the curiosity of tasting an assortment of tarts, drinks, and mushroom pieces.
As the reader journeys though the novel, you cannot help but to compare the series of events with the 1950s Disney movie. You notice that some scenes, the best ones in my opinion, are left untouched and true to the novel. These include the caterpillar scene, the mad tea party, and the crochet match. In these sections, the I found myself hearing the Disney character voices and songs in my head. For example, when Alice first meets the playing cards in the garden, Disney’s “Painting the Roses Red” song comes to mind immediately.
Notice, that Disney only included the parts of the novel that were more whimsical, understandable, and kid friendly. The bizarre Duchess, her pepper loving cook, and her baby who later turns into a pig are absent in Disney’s cartoon. Personally, I found the duchess character odd and can easily understand why she was not included in Disney’s version. When the reader first meets the Duchess, she brushes Alice the wrong way, being obscenely rude. Oddly, later when Alice runs into the Duchess during the crochet match, the Duchess acts sweetly nice with Alice, agreeing with everything Alice pondered.
Disney also excluded the mock turtle and the gryphon who tell the story of the Lobster Quadrille. I personally found their story enjoyable, but it does not add anything to the plot otherwise. I feel that Carroll used it as a filler insert anywhere in the novel. Disney possibly could have felt the same, which is why it’s not in the movie.
Many avid Disney fans may notice Tweedledee and Tweedledumb missing in Carroll’s original novel. However, they do appear in the Alice sequel, ‘Through the Looking Glass’ where they recite their poem ‘The Walrus and the Carpenter’. Disney uses parts from both “The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland” and its sequel.
Any adult reading, or rereading, this novel at some point would ask “What on earth was Lewis Carroll on when he wrote this book?” Some people believe that he was on drugs that would give him hallucinations that inspired scenes in the book. On the other hand, Carroll could have had a medical condition that caused hallucinations which consequently has been renamed Alice in Wonderland Syndrome, because of Carroll and how outlandishly the book presents itself. Or, Carroll simply had a wild imagination with the ability to create stories to entertain children.
The best part of rediscovering “The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland” was rereading my favorite parts. I forgot how funny the Hatter and the March Hare are during their never-ending tea party. You forget how ridiculous the Cheshire Cat is popping in and out of the story, never truly answering any of Alice’s questions. Overall, you rediscover the joy of being a silly, whimsical kid.

My Best Jessie Frazier
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